Our Wedding: The Ceremony

I’ll be honest, writing about our wedding almost a month after the fact is a little weird (and difficult).  My brain is still in honeymoon/vacation mode and it’s making it a little hard to transition back into things and to take myself back to wedding day frame of mind.

I feel like there are so many details and memories I want to write about but I’m having a hard time getting them out.  They’re not as crystal clear as they were the day after the wedding!  But I figure the only way to really get myself into wedding mode is to write about it, so here goes.  It’s ceremony talk time!

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I so badly wanted wedding programs but we kinda exhausted our stationary budget on invitations (which I totally meant to bring so we could have a professional photo of all the pieces and we both forgot…) so we went the Etsy route.  Basically, there are a bunch of templates you can choose from then the designer can customize the colors, graphics and text.  They send the file and you can print them yourself.  The graphic designer we chose we such a sweetheart and I loved how the programs turned out!

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We had Joey’s aunt and uncle set up a couple of tents for the wedding party, but I was the first one to arrive so this is me hanging out in the girls tent by myself :)  Also, it ended up being sweltering inside those tents.  Why didn’t we think of that before?

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I won’t post every single guest photo but these two stand out to me because it’s all my parents’ sisters who don’t often get the chance to be in Colorado.  It meant to much to have them there.

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So I never really got nervous, but I was getting pretty antsy while we waited to start the ceremony.  I think I was afraid the longer we waited, the more time I would have to get nervous.  Totally normal bride fears, right?  This picture blows me away.

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I think Joey shocked everyone (myself included!) by shedding some actual tears!  That might sound like normal wedding behavior, but look, I’ve been with him for 7 1/2 years and I’ve probably seen him cry twice.  I didn’t notice, but he says his tears had all my girls in tears.  It was such a surprising, real and touching show of emotion.  I can’t think about it too hard or I cry!

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Public speaking is probably my #1 fear (well that, and running out of peanut butter), but I felt so calm reading my vows.  All I could see was Joey in that moment.  We wrote them together except for two lines that we each filled in on our own and didn’t hear until the ceremony.  In mine, I promised to try to remember to turn the lights off before leaving the house and in Joey’s, he promised to turn off the lights that I always leave on.  It was so perfect.  And apparently very funny to me.

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Since we didn’t do any kind of unity ritual, we opted to actually sign our marriage license.  So we were official right then and there!

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Joey had the brilliant idea to play Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” for the processional so we danced our way back down the aisle and followed it up with a little twirling.

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We hadn’t originally planned on taking too many photos at the park after the ceremony (this girl wanted to get her chipotle cream meatball on at cocktail hour!) but we ended up staying a little longer and getting a bunch of photos and I am SO GLAD.  They turned out stunning!!!  I guess that whole ordeal we went through to reserve the park was worth it.

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Then we hopped in our get away car (that was so lovingly decorated!) and drove ourselves to the reception.  I won’t lie, it was a lot of fun to get so many looks, honks and waves from other drivers on the road.

Reception pictures are coming to you on Friday!

 

Our Wedding: Pre-Ceremony

Well, it’s official.  The wedding and the honeymoon are over and real life has recommenced.  It’s sad, except not that sad because real life with a husband is pretty sweet :)  And because between wedding week activities, the actual wedding and our honeymoon, I have enough things to blog about for the rest of the year.

I’ve thought long and hard about the best way to recap everything that’s happened this month, but I’ve got nothing.  I have no earthly idea how to put everything into some kind of cohesive (and not incredibly lengthy…) order.  So I’m just going to start.  And hope that it all comes out okay.  I know, chronologically-speaking, I should start with the week of stuff but we just got our professional wedding photos back and I just can’t help but post those first!  Seeing as we have 700 photos (!!!!), I’m going to split them up.

Pre-ceremony’s up first!

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I put Jenn in charge of “getting ready time” mimosas, naturally.

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I hear my uncle wound up in the same elevator as my dress while our photographer was shooting this photo.  How funny!

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This was my first pair of wedding day shoes — after the ceremony I changed into some much more comfortable, but just as high wedges — and how cool do they look against the other bright colors in the room?!

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Us girls got ready at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver.  We had the SPICE GIRLS SUITE!!!! I pretty much freaked out when I heard such a thing existed.  All the fun girly details (and all the SG photos hanging in the room) were so fun!

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I love the boys’ “getting ready” photos :)

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Seriously, I need this couch in my house.

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Joey loves this photo for some reason.  He thinks it looks like I’m running.  More like walking quickly because I was 20 minutes late to our first look :)

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I somehow managed to keep my nerves under control all day and that’s not something I expected from myself AT ALL.  Everything just felt so right.

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I believe there’s some skateboarders practicing some jumps opposite us in these pictures.  Just normal downtown Denver happenings.

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Those yellow wall photos were so hard to take, but we had to have em!  It was so cloudy all morning then bam! that sun came out and it was hot hot hot.  And bright.  All minor squinting aside, I love the way those photos came out.  After we got first look and wedding party photos taken, we all got in our cars and made our way to the ceremony.  Those are coming next!

 

We did it!

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See you in two weeks… Europe, here we come! :)

 

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